Harry and Meghan get a seat together: Duke and Duchess of Sussex are ready for a very public family reunion at Trooping the Color … and they could even show up with Archie and Lilibet
- Harry and Meghan will join senior royalty for today’s Trooping the Color
- They also expect to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost one
- They are likely to meet Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Harry and Meghan will be joining senior royalty for the first time in more than two years at today’s Trooping the Color.
In what is set to be a catchy – and very public – family reunion, they are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost one.
Lilibet was never introduced to his royal relatives, while Archie had not been in Britain since he was six months old.
In what is set to be a catchy – and very public – family reunion, they are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost one. In the photo, the family in December 2021
But there is no invitation for the ashamed Duke of York even in private capacity, showing how far the queen’s son has fallen from grace.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsor.
Many thought that Her Majesty’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional parade parade would be the most anticipated moment of the day.
But probably all eyes will, in fact, be on the family reunion playing 50 yards down the road instead.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were invited by the Queen to join family members watching the spectacular military event of the Office of the Major General overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.
The room – once used by the Duke of Wellington – spreads over the entrance to Horse Guards. It is where dignitaries traditionally look from if they are not involved in the parade proceedings.
The group will not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Royal Princess.
Her Majesty will remain in Buckingham Palace where she will take the salute of the returning cavalry from the balcony there.
Charles will receive the salute when the Color of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and will inspect the Troops of the Household Division on behalf of the monarch.
He will be joined by his eldest son and sister, all three on horseback.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsor. In the picture, the ceremony of 2019
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royalty will travel to the palace’s Horse Guards Parade in carriages.
They will then disembark and watch the rest of the Major General’s Office event along with Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.
The grand royal party will also include all of the Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses. Just like the Sussex will be Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and the children of her husband Jack and Anne, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families. Meghan has not seen any of the family since she and her husband sharply left as working royalty and moved to North America in early 2020, while the prince saw them only very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.
Looking out the window: Sussex at the 2018 Trooping the Color parade
The last public event the Sussex attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. William and Kate nearly emptied Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.
Fortunately, William, who was deeply affected by his brother’s actions and struggled to hide his wound, will not be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she aimed to break the ice and talk to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Harry and Meghan live with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They have always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s dance service for the queen’s 70th reign at St. Paul’s Cathedral, but their involvement with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch by Her Majesty.